Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the new Beijing Daxing International Airport is the largest single-structured airport in the world. After five years of construction, this modern architecture building is arranged around the main courtyard space. Besides this, Zaha Hadid Architects has created a series of flowing forms that support the roof and act as skylights to bring light into the contemporary space. With a modern design, the new Beijing airport has the appearance of a starfish from above.
The architectural building project was developed by Zaha Hadid with the main goal of being the major and biggest transport hub for the area with the world’s fastest-growing demand for worldwide travel. Zaha Hadid has as inspiration the principles of traditional Chinese architecture that unify unified spaces around a central courtyard.
According to the Zaha Hadid design studio: “The compact radial design of the terminal allows a maximum number of aircraft to be parked directly at the terminal with minimum distances from the center of the building, providing exceptional convenience for passengers and flexibility in operations. This radial configuration ensures the farthest boarding gate can be accessed in a walking time of fewer than eight minutes.”
This top architecture masterpiece is powered by solar panels and has a centralized heating system with waste heat recovery reinforced by a ground-source heat pump. Furthermore, the new Beijing airport also has a rainwater collection and water organization system.
Featuring six piers radiated towards different directions, the contemporary architecture building by Zaha Hadid provides the passengers exceptional convenience and flexibility to move inside, “enabling passengers to walk the comparatively short distances through the airport without the need for automated shuttle trains,” according to the design studio.
Designed and built by Zaha Hadid, the airport also implements a natural permeation and natural purification of up to 2.8 million cubic meters of water in new wetlands, lakes, and streams. The new Beijing airport’s contemporary design guides and allows all passengers impeccably through the pertinent departure, arrival or transfer zones towards the grand courtyard at its center. The new Chinese airport dense modern interior design by Zaha Hadid Architects minimizes distances between check-in and gate, as well as connections between gates for transporting passengers.
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Source: Architectural Digest and Dezeen